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Welcome to our July newsletter, jam-packed with the latest news and events at CAMMS.

Highlights include the release of amazing new and exciting features for many of CAMMS' products, recent and upcoming great events, new clients and the significant expansion of the talent pool at CAMMS

It’s great to see CAMMS' reputation continues to grow, as we were the only Australasian CPM company referenced in the latest Gartner research,* "Magic Quadrant for Corporate Performance Management Suites," February 2013.

We are also proud to announce that CAMMS was named as a leading Australian ICT company by the Rust Report in March 2013.

CAMMS ANZ General Manager appointed

Clinton Mottram will be responsible for continuing the growth of the Australian and New Zealand operations and driving uptake of the Corporate Performance Management and Business Intelligence on-premise, on-demand (cloud) and mobile offerings. Clinton comes to CAMMS from software giant SAP, where he held various roles over 15 years, working in the ERP and business analytics space. His most recent role at SAP was Head of Sales, Business and Analytical Services for Asia Pacific and Japan, based in Singapore.

"My experience at SAP has given me a unique perspective on how specialised businesses like CAMMS can deliver real innovation to customers," Clinton said.

"While large vendors are focused on operational efficiency, cutting costs and improving processes, we take it a step further. We help our clients ensure their business is also focused on the right goals by taking a balanced view of the opportunities and risks," he added.

"This is where CAMMS can deliver real value to our customers. We not only provide our clients with quicker implementation requiring fewer resources than large vendors, we also help them plan and execute their business strategy to meet their business goals."

CAMMS ANZ User Groups hit the mark

CAMMS User Groups are held twice yearly to develop and foster strong partnerships with our champions worldwide. These dynamic forums encourage users to share information, experiences and expertise that will aid in encouraging collaboration between users whilst providing invaluable feedback to CAMMS.

During June CAMMS held User Groups throughout Australia and New Zealand primarily to launch interplan® 4 and to give clients the opportunity to share their experiences and expertise in rolling out their Corporate Performance Management framework through CAMMS solutions.

The sessions were very well received with over 120 people attending. The overall feedback from clients on interplan® 4 was very positive – the user experience and intuitiveness plus improved reporting outputs were standouts amongst the groups.

The client showcases provided valuable insight and discussion on best practice and lessons learnt through the process and future directions. These presentations can be downloaded by clicking here.

Thanks again to Moonee Valley City Council, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DSE), Kingston City Council, Villa Maria, City of Boroondara, Cardinia Shire Council, City of Bunbury, City of Melville, Wanganui District Council, Dunedin City Council, Lake Macquarie City Council and Devonport City Council for sharing with the groups.

New clients

We'd like to extend a warm welcome to our new clients:

Australia and New Zealand region

Gisborne District Council

Gisborne District is located in the north-eastern corner of the North Island of New Zeland. It is the largest district council in the North Island and Gisborne is the easterly city in New Zealand.

 

Maroondah City Council

The City of Maroondah, located in Victoria, Australia; is a municipality that blends the best of both city and country lifestyle and facilities. Its current population is approximately 100,000.

Shire of Derby West Kimberley

The Shire of Derby/West Kimberley covers a vast area of 118,560 square kilometres and is located more than 2,000 kilometres north of Perth, Western Australia.

 

Shire of Moyne

From the rolling green pastures that support the thriving dairy industry to the stunning coastline, Moyne Shire in south-west Victoria Australia is a diverse and exciting region.

 

Singleton Council

Singleton Council is located in the centre of the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales – one of Australia's best wine regions. Through CAMMS partner, Icon, Singleton Council is now using interplan® and financial integration

Southern Downs Regional Council

Southern Downs Regional Council is located in the Darling Downs region of Queensland, Australia, along the state's boundary with New South Wales.

 

Waikato District Council

The Waikato district covers more than 418,000 hectares on the North Island of New Zealand and is home to almost 59,000 people.

Western District Health Service

The Western District Health Service is one of Victoria, Australia's leading, innovative Rural and Regional Health Service providers. Western District Health Services selected interplan® to meet its organisational planning and performance requirements.

North America region

City of Prince George

Prince George, with a population of 76,828, is the largest city in northern British Columbia, Canada

 

2015 Canada Winter Games Host Society

From February 13 - March 1, 2015, Prince George and Northern British Columbia will host the 2015 Canada Winter Games which will involve up 2,350 athletes, 950 coaches and officials, up to 4,500 volunteers, hundreds of media and medical professionals, and thousands of visitors.

Products

CAMMS Group will launch new and exciting enhancements and features for many of their products on the 19 July 2013 in Australia and New Zealand and 27 July 2013 in the United Kingdom and North America.

interplan® 4 launch

interplan® 4 will take intelligent performance to the next level and is a quantum shift in Performance Management and reporting for your organisation.

interplan® 4 is now available on iPad and Android tablets which allows critical information to be reviewed and updated anytime, anywhere.

interplan® 4 will allow access to critical information fast and effortlessly through a new intuitive user interface which allows users to customize their frequently-used settings. There are a choice of three home page options that support different levels of responsibility; which includes a My Quick Update page, an Executive Intelligence page and a My Performance View page.

When there is a need to query or comment on an individual performance indicator (whether it is an action, task or KPI), interplan® 4 provides a simple click on an email icon on the home page to generate an email to the responsible party.

The new Executive portal allows multiple actions, KPIs and scorecards to be updated plus provide commentary for executive reporting, all on the one page.

interplan® 4 provides access to a set of upgraded standard reports which have been significantly enhanced from the original version. They feature multiple filter options, support confidentiality, label replacements and can be used across any hierarchy set up in your system.

New quick cards and promotional materials have been developed for interplan® 4. If you would like a copy please click here.

Special Offer for interplan® 4 Training

Is your organisation ready for the new look of interplan® 4? Will your end users be able to easily go into the new system and update without lots of questions to their champions? Will administrators be able to easily log and quickly retrain all users in this new look and feel?

CAMMS understands how challenging it can be to keep everyone abreast of changes in software that users only access on a monthly basis and have developed training sessions to ensure you can cost effectively maximise your usage of this new version as quickly as possible.

interplan® 4 General User Refresher Training

This course provides participants with an overview of the latest changes to the interplan® system. CAMMS General User course has been designed to ensure learners are familiar with interplan® and are capable of accurately updating items they are responsible for (e.g. Actions, asks and KPIs) in order to ensure that the organisation can effectively monitor and report on progress against goals and plans.

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will have:

  • Gained an understanding about how to access and navigate through interplan®
  • Learnt how to update actions, tasks and KPIs that they are responsible for
  • Learnt how to effectively analyse and report on actions, tasks and KPIs that they are responsible for

Delivery

Trainer delivery online

This bite size 1.5 hour refresher training course is delivered online by a trainer to multiple clients in the one session with time for questions from individuals. . The total cost of the training is AU$100 per person.

Sessions will run as follows:-

  • 19 July – 10am Australian Central Standard time (ACST)
  • 22 July – 12pm ACST
  • 23 July – 10am ACST
  • 24 July – 2pm ACST
  • 25 July – 10am ACST

For bookings, please email training@cammsgroup.com or call +61 (0)8 8212 5188 today!

E-training course

This refresher training course enables individuals to study through the modules at their own pace in their own environment – with tests throughout to ensure knowledge transfer. The total cost of the course is AU$80 per person and the course will be available for a period of 3 months.

For bookings, please email training@cammsgroup.com or call +61 (0)8 8212 5188 today!

IPM keeps getting better

Some of the great new IPM features include:

  • New projects reports suite and improved portfolio analysis views, which will allow better monitoring of project delivery and portfolio monitoring/over-sight.
  • The ability to print GANTT charts, in A3 & A4 size as well as the MS Project export function will provide greater visibility over project, program and portfolio performance
  • Additions to sign-off / decision gate approvals will enhance control and consistency in project approval decisions and lock-down options
  • Tailored Homepage settings and increased field configurations will make it easier for staff at all levels to access project information
  • Independent custom objects throughout project lifecycle phases will allow clients to custom-design their own project management templates with re-usable custom objects throughout the life of a project
  • The new image gallery functionality provides the ability to append geo-spatial maps and worksite inspection forms.
  • GANTT charting available for all organisational initiatives harnesses the power of project planning with baseline comparisons, critical path analysis, milestones, predecessors and key resource linkages

More information on Product Upgrades

Besides interplan® 4 and IPM there will also be enhancements and new features to Integrated Risk Manager (IRM), Personnel Evaluation System (PES), Integrated Service Review (ISR), Power Data (PD) and SYCLE.

Please Click Here to view a summary of the new features and enhancements incorporated in the upgrades.

Want to learn more?

CAMMS can assist you with understanding how to maximise these new features for your organisation through a tailored face to face training program or our multi-use e-learning program. For more information please email services@cammsgroup.com today

Services

Five Steps for Successful Training

Unfortunately organisations around the world have one thing in common, most of their staff training programs leave a lot to be desired. Although harsh it is baffling that so many companies (often with impressive products, processes, services or systems) fail when it comes to corporate training.

It's a shame –after all there's no doubt that a well-designed and structured training program is essential for organisations to improve performance through its people. (If you need convincing, have a read of our last blog post – which discusses why training is a smart investment). Let's look at five key factors for successful staff training.

Plan, plan, plan!

You shouldn't rush into training without a proper plan. Training invariably occurs during change – often with the introduction of a new system, organisational structure or business unit. Before you launch into training delivery, conduct an analysis on the following; what skills do your employees currently have? This will guide you in pinpointing the training content you need.

Make training a priority

All too often managers underestimate the time and money required for training. Whilst training may seem like a hefty investment, if you've done your homework and used a reputable supplier, you will reap the returns

Bring training to life

This sounds like a no-brainer, but sadly interactive training is a rarity. Blended training programs may include elements such as face to face training, e-learning and virtual training. This kind of blended approach is great for engaging staff, reinforcing knowledge and making scenarios real.

Make it real, make it relevant

All too often, this training has focused solely on the software system itself, rather than the surrounding business procedures that need to be learnt. Whilst it's important to learn the processes and technical details, it's also important that users understand the bigger picture behind why a change has occurred and the expected outcomes.

Training should be built around employees' responsibilities, needs and goals. Training is most effective when it is highly focussed on the business' specific needs, meaning it should be linked to a specific area that the organisation is looking to improve.

Commit for the long term

Remember: training should be seen as an ongoing investment – not a one off event. In today's rapidly changing world, it's more important than ever to keep up with trends. Training shouldn't be something that happens once a year and is then forgotten – instead it should be the backbone of continuous improvement in an organisation.

Want to see how CAMMS can help you build a training program around our solutions and conceptual areas? Contact training@cammsgroup.com or call your local office.

CAMMS news

Specialist Reference Groups: share your ideas…

At CAMMS the development and implementation of best practice solutions has always been driven by the active involvement of our trusted clients.

We are now looking to increase our engagement with clients to further develop our Integrated Risk Manager (IRM), Personnel Evaluation System (PES) and Integrated Project Manager (IPM) products.

Through the establishment of product focused 'Specialist Reference Groups', we will be offering clients the opportunity to participate in focus groups, phone/site interviews, online forums and usability studies.

To start sharing your ideas and join a Specialist Reference Group, please contact Thomas Upitis, Senior Project Manager on +61 (0)8 8212 5188 or thomas.upitis@cammsgroup.com

CAMMS structure update

Exciting changes to the structure of Australia & New Zealand and North America were announced following our strategic planning summit. Besides welcoming Clinton on board several other talented members of the CAMMS teams were appointed to strategic positions including:–

Clinton Mottram
General Manager, Australia and New Zealand
clinton.mottram@cammsgroup.com
+61 (0) 456 650 055

Beau Murfitt
General Manager, North America
beau.murfitt@cammsgroup.com
+1 604 (0) 376 3488

Adam Collins
Manager, Product Development & Support
adam.collins@cammsgroup.com
+61 (0) 400 299 687

Aaron Mullins
Manager, Corporate Services
aaron.mullins@cammsgroup.com
+61 (0) 400 169 194

Samantha Abbott
National Account Manager
sam.abbott@cammsgroup.com
+61 (0) 409 677 207

Thomas Upitis
Senior Project Manager, Release Integrity (Acting)
thomas.upitis@cammsgroup.com

Brad Smith
Manager, Services Australia & NZ (Acting)
brad.smith@cammsgroup.com
+61 (0) 437 389 421

Manjula Illangasekara
Senior Integration Consultant
manjula.illangasekara@cammsgroup.com

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